Mornings Still Scare Me

Weekly feature by: Carla Sameth If I had a wish it would be to jump out of bed like the world was on fire, raining ice-cream sundaes. My body weeping with my wife’s caresses. My heart tattooed with my son’s sweet love. My sides aching from laughter that tastes like sweet jalapeño jelly.

Frictionless Capitalism

Weekly feature by: TS Hidalgo Don’t waste any time, Sir, without sharing your bullshit opinion. Although they don’t pay you for it. Be brave. Don’t turn yourself into a mere extra in your own life. Take off the mask. And step forwards. You waste your time, Sir, if you don’t share your darkest depths. Nonexistent time does not generate, among other things, argument, noise, controversy. The world can’t survive without your bullshit opinion. Get out Read more…

Where to Place

Weekly feature by: Rebecca Starkman I had that dream where you died again feeling relief woken by despair waiting I fell in black tar—the kind you find at Dolores Park—and it stained my lung I coughed up gilded fighting tooth and nail to hold in rot a little longer, a little longer xanax clouds hold no water but that’s OK because we can go anywhere if you just look to the sky in-between for mercy Read more…

Smaller

Weekly feature by: Cara L McKee My father’s friend hooked his fingers in my fishnets, touching the skin of my thigh. I caught my breath, not in pleasure (did I need to tell you?) but in the shock of transgression. I got to my feet to leave, made for the door while he begged me not to tell. He explained that I had led him on: the short skirt, the slutty tights, I should forgive Read more…

Flight Delayed

Weekly feature by: Jonathan Ferrini “Place your head between your knees and brace for landing” They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die but I don’t fear death. I was provided the opportunity to turn back the hands of time and experience the glory of my first love. I’m grateful we reunited after so many years, reminisced about the love we shared, and said goodbye. Flight cancelled. Rescheduled for 7am. My flight Read more…

LaToya’s Ode to George Vanderbilt, Thinking of Her Grandfather

Weekly feature by: Clara B. Jones She can’t recall the moment she heard you in the forest trammeling trilliums with boots heavy as cows who sacrificed their skins to shelter your feet. She does remember walking across shards of soil, a friend turning to blow a milkweed seed aloft in humid air while she raised a glass of seltzer to her lips festive as a child in Brooklyn eating chips and oranges, her friend singing Read more…

Hāfu

Weekly feature by: Niina Tsuyuki Dubik Sometimes it means Constant corrections To complete strangers. “No, that’s my aunt, not my mother.” Your curly light brown hair, Your hazel eyes, Your blue eyed aunt, Your Asian mother. When I got older My hair got straighter, Darker, And I still don’t look like my mother. Ukrainian dance And kendo since you were seven But some days You don’t feel like you can claim either culture. You’re not Read more…

Medusa

Weekly feature by: Kristen Clark Often times I wonder If Medusa was actually a man. Or if it is just her spawn that slithers on this earth. I know a few men that have the wickedness to turn women into stone. When they undress us with their eyes and their lizard tongue lashes out and their serpent hands reach around our hair our necks our bodies. As warriors, we prepare for this battle. We prepare Read more…

Fear*

Weekly feature by: Rodd Whelpley I am a monstrous giant to this bunny, fallen in my window well. He quivers, sees, perhaps, my box, my coaxing stick, bursts forth his piercing shriek. Surely, if he could, he’d sprout tiger claws, some gnarlsome teeth – Assume Goliath size, slash me, savage me, goad me with my cudgel to beat him down. Unknowingly would forsake how I will lift him. Place his box in an open field. Read more…

The B'K January 2017 cover

The B’K 2017 Issues

The B’K January 2017 Featuring: Art by: Chad Fisher, Betsy Jenifer, Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Emily Rose Schanowski, Olivier Schopfer Essay by: Daniel Ross Goodman Fiction by: Anselmo J. Alliegro, Patrick Hyde, Marina Rubin Poetry by: Jon Berger, Kristian Kuhn, Thomas M. McDade, Tina Trutanich, Dr. Mel Waldman,  A.R. Williams, Katiebird Yates Read the issue. The B’K February 2017 Featuring: Art by: Gordan Ćosić, Chad Fisher, Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Emily Rose Schanowski Fiction: James Bezerra, J.D. Read more…